Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Views: A home's uncertain future
by Sam Worley
2009-10-07

This article shared 2241 times since Wed Oct 7, 2009
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Given the demeanor of members of the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals at a hearing in September, it seems unlikely that Living with Pride ( LWP ) , the sober living space for LGBT people, will remain in its current location on Chicago's North Side.

The house, which opened in March, inhabits an important social service niche: a space for queer people in recovery from substance abuse, it is the only one of its kind in Illinois. It was founded by Dr. Claudia Mosier, who defended it before the board against a panel of her neighbors and 47th Ward Alderman Gene Schulter.

The objections of community members who have tried for months to remove LWP from their neighborhood remain obscure. Those who testified suggested that Mosier holds Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings at the house; in fact, she stopped months ago at the behest of neighbors who, as one area resident said at the hearing, want to keep "unwanted traffic" out of the neighborhood.

It was also insinuated that Mosier provides counseling to inhabitants of LWP—as if the very idea of counseling for substance-abuse issues was as socially hazardous as those issues themselves. ( Mosier, a clinical psychologist, is ethically prohibited from providing counseling to people who live in the house ) .

On the other hand, neighbors stressed that it was not 12-step meetings, therapy, alcoholics or queer people that they particularly objected to: This was simply a matter of zoning process. If only Mosier had gone through the proper channels, in other words, there would be no problems in the neighborhood.

Given the diversity and content of the neighbors' complaints, this piece on zoning seems, at best, dishonest. And trying to tease out any larger reasons behind all of the vehemence is difficult. Mosier herself seems confused: When she talked to Windy City Times in June, she said that her neighbors' complaints struck her as vague. "We don't have any [ specific ] concerns," she characterized the complaints, "but we have children."

Is this, then, about safety? The threats from Living with Pride seem largely spectral: by design, the place is quiet, quite well-policed and, above all, sober. And trying to rid your community of substance abuse and trying to rid your community of admitted substance abusers are two very different campaigns: evicting a group of people who have made to themselves—and, in effect, to those surrounding them—a commitment to sobriety is surely the worst way to create any sort of community culture of responsibility.

Is it about money? Property values? A 2002 study commissioned by the D.C. Prisoners' Legal Services and undertaken in conjunction with George Washington University found that in a number of areas researched, property values did not fall over time for houses located close to any sort of "community-based facilities," as they're called; in many cases, they rose.

But it's probably no coincidence that Celeste Morawski, the neighbor who initially publicized a complaint, is herself a realtor. Though incorrect, fear of falling values may be as real, and as motivating a factor, as any actual depreciation.

This is speculation; the stated complaints against LWP are pretty incoherent. What is ultimately so shocking are the time, energy and anger that have gone into opposing a project whose goals are, after all, quite laudable.

It seems an odd sort of community project: Some people, by way of comparison, garden. Some people cook or jog. And some apparently spend their time making sure that no person with dependency problems will ever live in their neighborhood—as long as that person admits it and resolves to doing something about it. It's clear that by creating such an unwelcoming space for the kind of community-building naturally fostered by LWP, the house's neighbors aren't only hurting its inhabitants—though they surely are doing this—but in the end, hurting themselves as well.


This article shared 2241 times since Wed Oct 7, 2009
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

OP-ED The Black church was one of R. Kelly's enablers 2021-10-13
- The long-awaited justice for R. Kelly's survivors finally came last month when a New York federal jury found him guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking. For nearly 30 years, underage Black girls and their families have ...


Gay News

VIEWS Finding the Crossroads 2021-10-08
By Martha Miller - The first time I saw a psychic, I was 19 and my friend Sandy and I drove to Jacksonville to see an old woman who read cards. We were young and it was fun going to her old house where a ...


Gay News

TRAVEL Conde Nast readers select The Gwen as Chicago's best hotel 2021-10-05
- Conde Nast Traveler's readers have spoken—and their views of Chicago's hotels are distinctly different from those of another top travel publication. While Viceroy Chicago topped Travel + Leisure's readers' list of local spots to stay, ...


Gay News

SAVOR South Branch Tavern & Grille 2021-08-19
- Before taking a bite of anything at South Branch Tavern & Grille (100 S. Wacker Dr.; https://www.southbranchchicago.com/), patrons are likely to be impressed. The reason lies in the picturesque views surrounding the spot. Ensconced near some ...


Gay News

VIEWS U.S. Senators: It's time to act against anti-LGBTQ discrimination 2021-07-28
- Georgia has had the eyes of the nation on it for some time now. It's just over five years since people across Georgia braced themselves as lawmakers sent sweeping anti-LGBTQ legislation to the desk of then-Governor ...


Gay News

OP-ED Foreign drug pricing puts America's most vulnerable patients last 2021-07-03
By Guy Anthony - It's no coincidence that American companies led the charge to develop COVID-19 vaccines. Numerous policies—from strong patent protections to a welcoming immigration system—help ensure that the world's smartest scientists can ...


Gay News

Op-Ed: Elevating 'T' in LGBTQ: State government, transgender equity in 21st century 2021-06-28
By Illinois state Sen. Sara Feigenholtz - In recent decades, our laws, pop culture and morality have shifted dramatically for same-sex couples. Our LGBTQ+ neighbors are interwoven into the fabric of our communities now more than ever. We celebrate this recognition and indeed ...


Gay News

VIEWPOINT Pride at work 2021-06-23
- Pride Month is a chance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people to be proud and visible in a world that tells us not to be. Pride Month is a chance to celebrate and ...


Gay News

LETTER: Pride, a time for hope 2021-06-12
- Pride is so much more than a parade, a march or even a demonstration for the LGBTQAI community. In other words, this is an opportunity for us to celebrate our diversity among our various communities, and ...


Gay News

VIEWPOINT Tulsa Race Massacre reparations would begin the healing 2021-05-31
- When HBO's 2019 Watchmen series opened with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and HBO's 2020 Lovecraft Country series closed with scenes from the riots, most Americans had never heard of the event—even Tulsans. On May 19, ...


Gay News

Illinois Holocaust Museum makes statement on anti-Semitic attacks 2021-05-28
--From a press release - Dear Museum Community, At Illinois Holocaust Museum, we are appalled at the recent rise in worldwide anti-Semitic incidences. We cannot stand by while Jews and synagogues are violently attacked, including in Skokie, New York, Los Angeles, ...


Gay News

LETTER A matter of race 2021-05-20
- I applaud Mayor Lori Lightfoot's courageous statement on only giving one-on-one interviews to journalists of color. She obviously wants to see a public dialogue on this matter. White privilege is a topic we must look at ...


Gay News

The Amazon Trail Notes from a Homebody 2021-05-19
- 's finally here. The end of total lockdown. Am I ready? Absolutely not. I like my burrow. I don't wanna play with others. We've fashioned a comfortable little routine. Week days, work. Evenings, spend time alone ...


Gay News

Illinois Latino Agenda issues statement on shooting of Adam Toledo 2021-04-15
--From a press release - On March 29, 2021, 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer. Since the shooting, there have been different narratives formed of who Adam Toledo was. Various media have made allegations saying ...


Gay News

Pastor Donnie McClurkin's struggle with sexuality mirrors the Black church's 2021-04-13
- The most significant factor that keeps the Black church on the down low are closeted, homophobic ministers. Pastor Donnie McClurkin—a three-time Gospel Grammy winner and the former poster boy for ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.